Democratic Representative Ruben Gallego suggested officials seize trucks involved in the upcoming American version of the ‘Freedom Convoy’ trucker protest and sell them.
Gallego, perhaps caught up in the excitement Democrats felt in watching Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s crackdown on the Canadian truckers convoy this past week, made the remark on social media.
The Political Insider reported recently that multiple groups are setting off from California this week.
An NBC report indicates truckers “plan to shut down the Beltway Wednesday.”
Gallego shared the report and added his thoughts on the proper course of action.
“Perfect time to impound and give the trucks to small trucking companies looking to expand their business,” he tweeted.
Perfect time to impound and give the trucks to small trucking companies looking to expand their business. https://t.co/1pHURh0hbr
– Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) February 22, 2022
Seize the Freedom Convoy’s Trucks
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Several Twitter users pointed out that Ruben Gallego’s proposal to seize trucks amounts to simple theft.
Conservative radio show host Dana Loesch replied, “Also known as theft.”
Also known as theft https://t.co/2bKRgbYHgG
– Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) February 22, 2022
“A sitting member of congress wants to steal protestors’ trucks and redistribute,” one woman responded.
“Siding with foreign dictators,” writes Townhall columnist Kurt Schlichter.
Schlichter is likely referencing North America’s newest dictator in Trudeau, who this week sent law enforcement out to quash protests using horses, arrested convoy leaders, and froze the bank accounts of those involved.
Siding with foreign dictators. https://t.co/l2gAPWlDBr
– Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) February 22, 2022
They’re Getting Ready
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson over the weekend suggested the same plan as Gallego regarding Canadian truckers who protested in his city.
“We actually have the ability to confiscate those vehicles and sell them,” Watson said. “And I want to see them sold. I don’t want the return to these people who’ve been causing such frustration and angst in our community. ”
– Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) February 22, 2022
Canadian trucker Derek Brouwer told Fox News that his truck was indeed seized and that his personal and business bank accounts have been frozen.
“They’ve taken my truck – I don’t know where it is – and on Friday, they locked up my personal and my trucking business accounts,” he claimed.
Trucker personal bank account frozen over protest pic.twitter.com/bda4mEp3cG
– Wittgenstein (@ backtolife_2022) February 21, 2022
Meanwhile, law enforcement have re-installed fencing around the US Capitol as reports of American truckers in the ‘freedom convoy’ head to the nation’s capital.
National Guard troops have reportedly been deployed to keep an eye on and set up blockades to deter the protesters.
Officials have also recruited tow truck drivers who told Fox News “They’ve been instructed to clear any vehicles that illegally block the DC streets.”
“Law enforcement have so far been unable to secure the necessary number of tow trucks..so the National Guard will create strategic road blocks throughout DC”#FreedomConvoy coming to DC
DC prepares for possible US ‘Freedom Convoy’ https://t.co/Xww4ewDkuX
– Phil Holloway ™ ✈️ ???? (@PhilHollowayEsq) February 22, 2022
Bob Bolus, who plans to lead a convoy from Scranton, Pennsylvania, said, “We will be along the Beltway where the Beltway will be shut down.”
“I’ll give you an analogy of that of a giant boa constrictor,” Bolus said. “That basically squeezes you, chokes you and it swallows you, and that’s what we’re going to do in DC”
NEW: an organizer of one of the #TruckersForFreedom convoys says the plan is not to park in DC, but to shut down the Beltway.
– Lindsay Watts (@LindsayAWatts) February 20, 2022
Will American truckers experience the same show of force Canadian protesters did this past week?